BRITISH MARITIME LAW ASSOCIATION
1. The name of the Association is the BRITISH MARITIME LAW
ASSOCIATION. Its seat is in London.
2. The objects and purpose for which the Association is hereby constituted are:-
- To promote the study and the advancement of British Maritime and Mercantile Law and its
- To promote and to consider with foreign and other Associations proposals for the
unification of Maritime and Mercantile Law and Practice of different nations.
- To afford opportunities for the discussion and consideration of matters of interest to
Members of the Association and to undertake or to assist in the preparation and promotion
of agreements and arrangements in respect of such matters.
- To collect and circulate statistical and other information and to form a collection of
publications and documents of interest to members of the Association.
- To do all such other lawful things as are incidental to or conductive to the attainment
of the above objects or of any of them.
- There shall be five categories of membership:-
- Institutional members shall be such organisations representing shipowners, shippers,
merchants, manufacturers, insurers, insurance brokers, tugowners, shipbuilders, ports and
harbour authorities, bankers, classification societies or other societies or bodies
corporate or incorporate, being interested in the objects of the Association, as may be
elected at an Annual General Meeting of the Association by a majority of those present and
voting. Each institutional member shall be entitled to nominate representatives, not
exceeding five in number, to attend meetings of the Association. Any such representative
may be elected a member of the Executive Committee of the Association.
- Corporate members shall be such firms or partnerships being interested in the objects of
the Association, as may be elected at an Annual General Meeting of the Association by a
majority of those present and voting. Each corporate member shall be entitled to nominate
representatives, not exceeding five in number, to attend meetings of the Executive
Committee a representative of a corporate member may be elected at an Annual General
Meeting as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association.
- Individual members shall be:
- members or employees of institutional or corporate members additional to their nominated
- members of the Bar.
- persons resident in the U.K. not eligible under (a) and (b) above who, in the opinion of
the Executive Committee are especially qualified to forward the objects of the
Association, who may be elected at an Annual General Meeting of the Association and,
- persons who were elected prior to the Annual General Meeting of 1992.
On the recommendation of the Executive Committee an individual member
may be elected at an AGM as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association.
- The Association may elect as an Honorary member any person who has rendered
special services in the advancement of the objects of the Association. Honorary Members
shall pay no subscriptions.
- Any person who in the opinion of the Executive Committee is qualified to be
granted the status of an associate member and is thereafter elected as such at a General
Meeting of the Association. Such associate members shall be subject to re-election from
year to year at a General meeting of the Association. Associate members shall pay no
subscription and shall have no vote at General Meetings.
- There shall be a President, Vice-Presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer. They shall be
elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Association to serve for one year and until
their successors have been elected.
- The President if present shall preside at all meetings of the Association. He shall have
power to call special meetings of the Association. He shall have power to call special
meetings of the Association and of the Executive Committee. In the absence of the
President a Vice-President or Chairman of the Executive Committee shall preside.
The President shall be an ex-officio member of all Committees.
- The Vice-Presidents shall perform such duties as may be assigned to them by the
President or by the Executive Committee and shall discharge the duties of the President
whenever, in the discretion of the Executive Committee, the disability or absence of the
President makes such appointment advisable.
- The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of the meetings of the Association.
He shall notify the Officers and all members of a Committee of their election or
appointment and shall issue notices of meetings. He shall keep a roll of the Members of
the association. He shall do and prepare such other matters as the Executive Committee may
from time to time require. The Secretary shall be paid a fee under a service contract to
be agreed by the Executive Committee.
- The Treasurer shall collect and disburse all funds of the Association on the order of
the Executive Committee and shall keep proper accounts in books belonging to the
Association. The Treasurer shall be paid a fee fixed by the Executive Committee.
INDEMNITY TO OFFICERS
- The Officers of the Association shall be indemnified by the Association against all
liabilities and expenses incurred by them in or about the discharge of their respective
duties except such as arise from their own respective wilful or reckless acts or
- The Executive Committee shall manage the affairs of the Association. It shall meet as
required under Rule 5 when a meeting is called by its Chairman. The Executive Committee
shall consist of no more than 14 individuals drawn from the categories of membership set
out in sub-paragraphs (a) (b) and (c) of Rule 3 elected annually and the Officers of the
Association who shall be ex-officio members thereof, five members shall constitute a
The Chairman of the Executive Committee shall be such one of their
number as the Committee may elect from time to time.
With the approval of the Chairman any member of the Executive Committee
can be represented at any meeting by an alternate.
The Executive Committee, either on its own initiative or at the
suggestion of any member in writing, may consider and report to a General Meeting of the
Association such matters as in the opinion of the Committee concern the objects of the
The Executive Committee may authorise any member, officer or
Sub-Committee to represent and to present the views of the Association at any National or
International Conference at which it is considered that the objects of the Association
call for such representation.
The Executive Committee shall fill all vacancies occasioned by death,
suspension or resignation in all elected offices (with the exception of the office of
President); such appointees to hold office until the next Annual General Meeting.
The Executive Committee shall be authorised to make such contracts on
behalf of the Association as are necessary for the achievement of its objects. All
disbursements and funds of the Association must be sanctioned by the Chairman of the
Executive Committee or by some other member of the Executive Committee in his absence.
The Executive Committee shall lay before the Annual General Meeting an
income and expenditure account made up to date not more than six months before such
- The work of the Association shall be delegated to:
- Standing Committees, which shall be appointed by a General Meeting of the Association to
study such topics as may be considered appropriate. A Chairman and Secretary shall be
appointed to each Standing Committee which shall report at least once a year to the
Executive Committee and also to the Annual General Meeting and
- Ad hoc sub-committees, which shall be appointed from time to time by the Executive
Committee to consider and to report as necessary upon any topic which is not under
consideration by a Standing Committee.
- Special General Meetings shall be held at such time and place as
the Executive Committee may determine, and 6 members shall constitute a quorum.
At least fourteen days clear notice of a Special General Meeting shall
be given to each member.
The Annual General Meeting shall be held in March each year unless the
President with the concurrence of the Executive Committee shall appoint some other date,
and 6 members shall constitute a quorum.
At least twenty-one days clear notice of the Annual General Meeting
shall be given to each member.
- The subscriptions for the ensuing year for each class of members shall be
fixed at the Annual General Meeting. The Executive Committee shall first consider the
subscriptions and shall report to the Annual General Meeting the rates which in their
opinion are desirable.
All subscriptions shall be due at the commencement of the year in
respect of which they are payable and no part shall be returnable in the event of the
dissolution of the Association or cessation of membership.
14. This Constitution may be amended at an Annual General Meeting by a
vote of at least two-thirds of those present and voting, provided that notice of any
proposed amendment or new article shall be given in writing to the secretary at least two
calendar months and forwarded by him to each member at least twenty-one clear days before
such Annual General Meeting.